Cool Party Ideas for a Girl Turning 12

Updated February 21, 2017

Girls turning 12 are entering the preteen stage. They're beyond having princess parties but not old enough to celebrate without supervision. To ensure that the birthday girl enjoys her party, try to make the event as sophisticated and fun as possible. Fortunately, several types of parties are suitable for a 12-year-old girl.

Spa Sleepover

The spa sleepover lets girls pamper themselves while catching up on gossip and snacking on party food. You will need to provide dinner, snacks and a breakfast for the guests before they leave in the morning. For dinner, serve easy favourites, such as chicken pitas, grilled burgers or pizza. Snacks should be a mix of healthy and indulgent options, such as popcorn, fruit salad, party mix and chocolates. For breakfast, have an omelette station, or serve pancakes with a variety of toppings. The main activity of the party will be the girls giving each other manicures, pedicures and facials. Purchase bottles of inexpensive fingernail polish, nonacetone polish remover, cotton balls or pads, nail files, scented lotions and gentle face masks. Other activities that work well for this party include movie watching and karaoke. Ensure you have the contact information for each guest’s parents in case of emergency.

Skate Party

Skate parties are a bit old school, but that doesn't make them any less fun. Make a guest list, and reserve your local roller or ice skating rink. Try to prepay for the skates so that your guests only need to check in when they arrive. The venue you choose may give you the option of purchasing a catering package, which would eliminate your need to prepare the food and drinks yourself. To reflect the theme in your invitations, cut them out in the shape of a skate, or use invitations that have images of skates on them. Ask the rink to play songs the guest of honour likes and provide a play list or CDs. Otherwise the kids may be stuck listening to whatever the venue chooses.

Jewellery Craft Party

Twelve-year-old girls love jewellery, so a craft party where each guest makes her own piece may be ideal for an artistic preteen. For the invitations, give a hint of what you'll be doing by saying something like, “You're invited to help Julie sparkle on her birthday.” Serve foods that can be eaten without utensils and are not messy so that the girls can craft and eat at the same time. Consider finger sandwiches, pizza bites, fruit kebabs, cupcakes, minipaninis and veggie chips. Purchase a large assortment of beads and findings, such as elastic wire, earring hoops and string from a public wholesale supplier. This will help you save money as opposed to buying retail at a craft store. Display the beads, findings and scissors on a table and put on music the guest of honour likes.

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Melinda Gaines has been a freelance writer since 2006, with work appearing online for YellowPages and other websites. Her areas of expertise include business, beauty, fashion and sports. Gaines attended the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Science in sport administration.